Love is in the Air

That’s the theme of the Valentine’s event where I was invited to speak. It’s been dubbed the love banquet.

What is there to talk about on such occasions? I’ve gone past romantic love many decades over. In fact, I’ve grown cynical about this whole February 14 hoo-ha. After many years in advertising, the culprit in the wild spending and revelry happening today, I have learned to let the day pass by with nary a care.

And now to speak about it?!

Romantic love, as the world knows it, is a far cry from the love written in Scripture.

Love, as Jesus demonstrated with his life, which culminated in His death on earth, can never be replicated. Not even if we try and try.

“Love keeps no record of wrongs,” He says in 1 Corinthians 13: 5.  Yet here I am writing about everything that’s wrong about today, when love is supposed to be celebrated. 

I am shamed by this verse and all the other verses that run through that beautiful love chapter. 

Love indeed is in the air. It is in the air we breathe. Without it, we have no life.

Each time we inhale life-giving air, we breathe in God's love through His grace—unassailable proof that despite our failings and wrongs, the Lord still freely gives us this air that we need to survive.  

That is the single message I wish to leave those who will attend the love banquet, which includes me. Because love is in the air, we could celebrate love today, tomorrow, and all the many tomorrows thereafter—'til we breathe no more. 


Juliette Bernardo Baldoz said...

Good evening, Ma'am! Happy Heart's Day!

I'm a fan and my kids, too. My daughter (a grade 5 student) would love to feature you as her favorite author for their English book making project. We'd been browsing your profile here in your page and at the back of each book you published (we completed the Oh, Mateo! series by the way :-) and some other books), but we can't find other details such as your birthday, residence (optional) and others.

How I wish you could help her with the details she needs to complete her book. I would love to hear from you. My email addresses are wewetbaldoz@gmail.com or tigershaolinkid@yahoo.com.

Thank you so much. Hoping to hear from you.

Juliette Bernardo Baldoz said...

It's me again, Ma'am! I just want to ask for some details about you, it will be used for my daughter's project. Could you help us please.

1. Cover page & title page - could you please share with us your 2 high resolution pictures that we can put in the cover page and title page?

2. Personal Info - Complete name: Divine Grace Dacanay Chong? Residence: ? (even not complete address, Las Pinas City?)

3. Place & date of birth - Place: Umingan, Pangasinan? (Oh, Mateo! settings) Birthday: July 20, 19?? (1954? As I read from your book Gifts of Grace that you're 47 that time)

4. Family background - Please help us with this po :-) Your father's name: Mateo Dacanay Sr., Mother's name: Chita, 5 children in the family
Now, with husband Tony and 3 sons.


For your educational background, hobbies & interests, trivias, and books published and other achievements -- we got it from internet and your books po. :-)

Thank you so much.

Grace D. Chong said...

Thank you so much for your message, Juliette. It means a lot to me. I will email you.